COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved an Immediate Services Program (ISP) grant for more than $1.5 million to the Missouri Department of Mental Health for crisis counseling services for survivors of the recent severe storms, flooding and tornadoes.
"Losing a home, business or personal property to the severe weather we've recently experienced takes not only a financial toll on survivors, but also levies an emotional impact," said Libby Turner, head of the federal recovery effort for this disaster. "This grant demonstrates the commitment of FEMA and the state to those suffering the emotional toll of this disaster."
Crisis counseling helps disaster survivors deal with the normal stress brought on by an abnormal situation. Common reactions to a disaster may include nightmares, difficulty sleeping, feelings of being overwhelmed, hopelessness, increased anger or aggression, domestic violence, frustration, and feelings of powerlessness. These feelings can be exhibited by people of all ages. Children and the elderly are particularly vulnerable to post-disaster stress.
Crisis counseling is available for those who live and work in disaster-affected counties. Those who need help may call one of the Access Crisis Intervention (ACI) hotline numbers below. Lines are open 24 hours, daily.
Behavioral Health Response ACI
For residents of St. Francois and St. Louis counties
Burrell ACI System
For residents of Stone and Taney counties
Burrell Behavioral Health
For residents of Pettis County
Clark Center ACI
For residents of Lawrence County
For residents of Bollinger, Butler, Cape Girardeau, Carter, Dunklin, Howell, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Stoddard and Wayne counties.
For residents of Jasper, McDonald and Newton counties
For residents of Phelps and Pulaski counties
Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). Those with a speech disability or hearing loss, who use a TTY, should call 800-462-7585; or use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS) to call 800-621-3362.
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.